153rd Operations Support Flight wins Airfield Management

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  • Wyo. Military Department
The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Operations Support Flight was recently awarded the Ronald D. McCarthy Airfield Management Facility of the Year Award. The award is given to an airfield management facility at a particular unit that has, within the past year, made a notable contribution to the operations of the airfield.

The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153 OSF received the award based on its outstanding leadership and performance. A small portion of the unit's most recognizable accomplishments are listed as follows:

- Enhanced airfield safety through a superior Airfield Driving Program maintaining a 100 percent compliance rating, resulting in zero runway incursions.
- Outstanding attention to detail in all aspects of job performance ensuring 97 percent air traffic system evaluation compliance.
- Fully integrated with the civilian bird aircraft strike hazard program, to actively reduce bird strikes by 25 percent.
- Teamed with the Flight Safety Officer to develop bird strike notification procedures ensuring 100 percent notification of all applicable agencies.
- Spearheaded flight publication reduction initiative, saving the Air Force thousands of dollars.

"We are excited and honored to receive this award," said Senior Master Sergeant Exie Brown, the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing airfield manager. "This is a testament to our endless dedication to provide the safest airfield for all users both  military and civilian."

"This is the most coveted award in the airfield management community," said Col. Gerald Champlin, Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing operations group commander. "This award is validation at the national level of everyone's hard work and commitment, and tells everyone else that when it comes to operating and maintaining an airfield, our facility is the best in the Air Force."